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I am a poet and teacher living in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, although I am originally from Redditch, England. My family emigrated to Canada when I was 15 (a delicate age for making such a huge transition, and a great source of inspiration for the teen angst that found its way into my poetry at that age).
I have been writing poems for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, they were full of forced rhymes and traditional forms. As a teenager, my work became much more confessional and sometimes philosophical. In my twenties, I started studying literature and paying attention to what other poets were doing. Then, my poetry started to evolve.
I’d like to think that my poetry has matured and that it still continues to evolve. Finding a community of other writers to spend time with has really helped me to gain confidence in this journey. I can’t think of a better way to learn and grow than to spend time with people who have similar interests and concerns.
I am co-founder and President of the Parkland Poets’ Society (Stony Plain), the Secretary of the Board for Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets’ Society, and a member-at-large for the Board of the Alberta Writers’ Guild.
In February 2019, I was appointed as the First Poet Laureate for the Town of Stony Plain, Alberta (2019 – 2021).